Strength

Building Shapes to Mitigate Wind Loads

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When designing a building, a structural engineer is concerned with two important factors: strength and stability. If an engineer misses either of the two things, a design might end up being a fiasco. Consider strength and stability as two sides of a same coin. When you use an umbrella during a windy situation, what happens to it? It losses its stability and turns inside out, but it does not break. This is a fine example of strength vs stability.


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